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Slovakia: Hosts stun USA 4-1 at ice hockey world championships01:58

Slovakia: Hosts stun USA 4-1 at ice hockey world championships

Slovakia, Bratislava
May 11, 2019 at 00:20 GMT +00:00 · Published

Slovakia upset the odds to beat the USA 4-1 in their opening game of the IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship in Bratislava on Friday night.

Slovak youngster Marian Studenic praised his side's performance in the mixed zone after the match.

"We were just on them all game. They were pretty frustrated and we were just playing our game," Studenic told reporters.

Defender Erik Cernak urged caution from the home side, with the rest of the tournament ahead of them.

"We are looking [at] everything game by game and we have to ready for the game tomorrow," he stated.

Team USA defender Brady Skjei said his side would "learn" from the defeat.

Things got off to the perfect start for Slovakia when Matus Sukel scored an early goal. Team USA managed to tie the game in the powerplay thanks to Alex Debrincat.

However, the hosts dominated their opponents in the second half, adding three goals. Erik Cernak, Tomas Tatar and Michal Kristof all netted.

Both teams are placed in Group A, together with Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany and the UK.

Slovakia face Finland next on Saturday, while Team USA play against France on Sunday.

The 2019 IIHF World Ice Hockey Championship is being held in Slovakia from May 10 to 26.

Slovakia: Hosts stun USA 4-1 at ice hockey world championships01:58
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Slovakia upset the odds to beat the USA 4-1 in their opening game of the IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship in Bratislava on Friday night.

Slovak youngster Marian Studenic praised his side's performance in the mixed zone after the match.

"We were just on them all game. They were pretty frustrated and we were just playing our game," Studenic told reporters.

Defender Erik Cernak urged caution from the home side, with the rest of the tournament ahead of them.

"We are looking [at] everything game by game and we have to ready for the game tomorrow," he stated.

Team USA defender Brady Skjei said his side would "learn" from the defeat.

Things got off to the perfect start for Slovakia when Matus Sukel scored an early goal. Team USA managed to tie the game in the powerplay thanks to Alex Debrincat.

However, the hosts dominated their opponents in the second half, adding three goals. Erik Cernak, Tomas Tatar and Michal Kristof all netted.

Both teams are placed in Group A, together with Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany and the UK.

Slovakia face Finland next on Saturday, while Team USA play against France on Sunday.

The 2019 IIHF World Ice Hockey Championship is being held in Slovakia from May 10 to 26.

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